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Is Kathleen Ford's style an issue?



ST. PETERSBURG — Kathleen Ford dropped off her mayoral campaign sign at Northeast Pyramid Barber Shop the other day, and owner Carl Troup cut to the chase. "Kathleen, do you know whenever I mention your name to people, people's first reaction, is, "Oh, you mean the b----?' " said Troup, an enthusiastic Ford supporter who also cuts Gov. Charlie Crist's hair.

Ford chuckled. "I've heard that," she said.

...There is a reason Ford's opponent, Bill Foster, calls temperament the most fundamental issue in the campaign. Probably the single biggest challenge facing Ford's candidacy is shaking her old image as a divisive loose cannon. The friendly, well-informed Ford usually seen on the campaign trail does not square with council member known a decade ago for diatribes, eye rolling and sharp allegations. If enough voters dismiss the criticism over Ford's style or conclude she's mellowed, there may little between her and the mayor's office.

(Story here) The video above was from Tiger Bay in 2001

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:10pm]


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